Early Schoenberg and Brahms by TPO
Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) will present works that Arnold Schoenberg and Johannes Brahms composed at the start of their careers, when artistic vision mixed with youthful vigour, during the “Pelleas And Melisande” concert at Mahidol University’s Prince Mahidol Hall, Salaya campus, on Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 4pm.
The repertoire includes Piano Concerto No.1, Op 15, written by Brahms when he was 25. He was also the soloist at the premiere of the piece. It was the German’s first major orchestral work in which the piano part is, by turn, meditative, rhapsodic and impassioned.
Regarded as one of the most accomplished Thai pianists today, Poom Prommachart will bring his unique blend of lyrical intensity and virtuosity to this inspired work.
The highlight of the programme will be Pelleas Und Melisande, Op 5, a symphonic poem with beautiful and powerful orchestration and emotional content Schoenberg wrote at age 27. An admirer of Mahler, Schoenberg’s early works are replete with the exploratory romanticism featured here.
Returning after a long absence to lead the orchestra will be guest conductor Ligia Amadio, one of the finest of her generation. She is acclaimed for her high artistic standards, evocative charisma and expressive performances of over 20 years. With a passionate and intense personality, she has been praised by major artists of our time for her energetic, natural stage-presence and her versatile technical dexterity. She has been invited to guest-conduct many of the world’s finest orchestras.
Tickets cost 400, 600, 800, 1,000 and 1,500 baht (half-price for children and students under 25). They can be purchased from thaiticketmajor.com and PMH Box Office at 02-849-6565/6 ext 6603/4 (on weekdays) and ext 6624 and 6626 (from 5pm on Fridays to 2pm on Saturdays).